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The Best Dog Tech Gadgets For Dogs (2018) – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

This week we decided to cover some of latest and must-have technology gadgets made for our furry friends! We tend to love the products that give us our dogs smart, active play and products that make sure we keeping our dogs healthy while simplifying our lives.

Products Covered: Smart Collar, Food & Exercise Tracking, Treat Dispensers, Dog Monitors, Potty Trainer, Smart Toys

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WAGZ SMART DOG COLLAR

 

We really love the concept of this dog collar. It’s the perfect collar for the Pawtivity Pup. You can go hiking, running, and biking with your dog off-leash and get the assurance that your dog will be within a set boundary around you at all times. GPS, health, and activity monitor make this collar even better. By the way, the collar is completely waterproof!

Dog collars with geo-fence capabilities have been around a long time, but what makes this collar unique is the ability to use your mobile app to draw your own customized containment area anywhere, not just in your own backyard. This makes the product truly mobile and versatile.

When you are out for a run or hiking in the winter, it helps to know if your dog is too hot or cold. The collar comes with a temperature and environmental alert that tells you if you your dog’s ambient temperature is high or low.

 

What is still left to be proven is just how good GPS tracking is on this device and if the gentle vibration and ultrasonic sensor is enough to deter a dog from crossing a certain boundary. We are also unsure how an added 1 pound of weight for the collar may work for a small or medium sized dog.

The product was released May 30, 2018, but still on pre-order. Wagz makes many other connected home devices for dogs, including an automatic feeder. The collar works with other Wagz and Black & Decker pet products. The product can be ordered for $349 and comes with plan options for extra storage and video streaming.

WHY WE LOVE: Have your dog on an invisible leash and hands free while you hike, run, and bike. This all-in-one device is perfect to track your best workout buddy’s health and whereabouts better than you can.

Take me to the Wagz Smart Dog Collar now.


ACTIJOY PET TRACKING SYSTEM

 

According to a study by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 53.9% of dogs are overweight. A lot of dog owners don’t actually know that their pets are overweight. Our vet can tell us how much food your dog needs based largely on weight, however, they can’t factor in exercise accurately to tell you much you may need to modify your dog’s diet. So, it’s pretty easy to overfeed your dog.

Actijoy creates an integrated pet tracking system that helps you give the right amount of food to your dog so they don’t become overweight. The pet tracking system includes a waterproof health and activity monitor, a food and water bowl, and finally a mobile application.

 

Actijoy products are currently on pre-order and available Spring 2018. We are curious to see how well the activity tracker measures different types of activity from a dog.

WHY WE LOVE: This is one of the first products we have seen that really tries to give us feedback into how much we need to feed our dogs. It also motivates us to get out and get active with our dogs! Of course we love that!

Take me to the Actijoy Pet Tracking System now.


CLEVER PET

 

We love smart play for our dogs and CleverPet* really fits the bill. Dogs need to work for their reward and use their heads! Clever Pet is a smart toy and treat dispenser. Your dog has to solve puzzles by pawing three buttons that light up. When they get the puzzle correct, the device opens revealing a tasty treat.

We love that puzzles get progressively harder so your dog keeps getting challenged and is not fed too many treats! You can see how your dog does throughout the day from your phone and how many treats they got.

Clever Pet is available to purchase on their website for $249 for a refurbished unit. New units are currently out of stock and cost about $300. We hope the company comes out with an upgrade version soon!

 

WHY WE LOVE: Dogs need a healthy balance of mental stimulation and physical exercise. Clever Pet gives them smart play so they don’t decide to take their frustration out on your sofa.

Take me to the Clever Pet* now or order the Refurbished Version.


TRAIN ‘N PRAISE POTTY TRAINING SYSTEM

 

Having a hard time training your puppy to go potty on his pee pad? PetSafe* has come up with a solution that will train and reward your dog every time he pees on his pad.

You can reinforce other training with your dog by using the treat dispenser with a remote. If your dog needs to know to go to his place or to his bed, you can place the treat dispenser near his designated place or sleeping area.

In order for this system to work, your dog does need to be food motivated. Some dogs are motivated more by play, so may not response as well to treats.

 

WHY WE LOVE: Ever walk home from work only to find pee and poop rubbed in on your furniture and carpets? Ugh. If you have to use a pee pad, at least your puppy can learn to go in the right spot!

Take me to Train ‘N Praise Potty Training System* now.


PET CUBE

 

PetCube* is an interactive pet camera that lets you interact with your dog when you are not home. You can quickly check up on your pet, hear and talk to your dog, give them a treat, and take photos of them from your phone.

Even when you aren’t checking in on your pet, you can get alerts if something is wrong based on sound and motion alerts. Now, you shouldn’t use the Pet Cube for meals, but the container does fit up to 2 lbs of treats so plenty to last a long time.

The PetCube comes with 1080 HD video and night vision along with a 138° wide angle view. You can also zoom up close to see your dog. Multiple cameras can be purchased and placed in different rooms.

 

The jacket does come at a hefty price tag of $495 (not a typo) if you’ve got some spare change! We just want to know if it comes with a hood or matching boots. Perhaps something to look for in the future.

WHY WE LOVE: Ok it’s Big Brother with good intent. Now we can love our dogs when we are not there. We already hate leaving them at home! Who doesn’t love flinging a treat (from your phone!) to your dog?

Take me to the Pet Cube* now.


Leave a comment if there are any other products you think are worth letting everyone know about! Please let us know why you like it, how you use the product, and how long you have been using it for.

 

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Stairway Chase

Stairway chase is a game that can be played on a rainy day for any dog that loves to play fetch! Just throw a ball up the stairs for your dog to retrieve and bring back to you.

Start at the bottom of the stairs and ask your dog to sit. Then, give him a command such as “go” or “ok” and have him race up the stairs to bring the ball back to you. Rev your dog up even more by holding his harness or collar before letting him get the ball. Going up the stairs requires more effort than going down, so you can play this with your dog for about 10 minutes to get him really well exercised!

Doing this often will get your dog in really good shape and develop better agility and coordination. Does your dog have high prey drive or herding instincts? Mix in some fun by tossing up an erratic ball, kong, large soccer ball or even a big yoga ball.

Take a photo of your dog playing this game with you! How long did you play before your dog was good and done?


 

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Activities: Games, Fetch, Indoor Play, Agility

Play "Go Find It"

Play “Go Find It”

This is a great indoor brain game to play with your dog. Ask your dog to sit and stay in one room while you hide treats in another room. Walk back to your dog and ask him to “find it.” It may help to have a trail of treats to lead your dog to the room where the other treats are hidden. You can give clues as to “no” or “yes” if your dog is close to a hidden treat.

If your dog is just starting out, put the treat in plain view where he can see and smell. To challenge things up, hide a treat so your dog has to rely only on smell. You can also hide it somewhere where your dog has to explore, go under, or jump on top of something to get to.

How long did it take for your dog to find all his treats? Submit a photo or video of your dog playing! Did you make any changes to the game? What changes?

Take a photo of your dog playing “Go Find It!”


 

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Jump Rope

Dogs love to jump. Plus, it’s a great form of indoor and outdoor exercise for your dog! Patience will be key to this exercise – you will have to teach your dog to jump, get comfortable with a swinging rope, and then jumping in time to the moving rope.

Allow your dog to sniff the rope and become comfortable with it on the ground, in a raised position, and with a slight swinging motion. Next, line a jumprope on the ground (don’t hold it) and have your dog sit on the right side of the jumprope. While holding a treat in your right hand and standing at the end of the rope (dog still on your right) make a right to left sweeping motion and lure your dog over to the left side of the jumprope. Dogs pay attention to body language so make sure you are guiding them appropriately. Do this a few times and start adding in a “jump” command. When you dog jumps over to the left side give him a release command like “yes” or “ok” and reward him. Repeat the same exercise with your dog jumping from left to right.

Now raise it up! Tie a jumprope on one end of the chair while you hold the other. Allow some slack in the jumprope and hold the rope a few inches from the ground. Repeat the previous exercise and ask your dog to jump over the jumprope. Gradually raise the jumprope forcing your dog to actually jump over.

Challenge your dog further by adding some back and forth swinging motion to the jumprope! Of course start very slow at ground level with small swings and gradually raise the rope higher.

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Dog Outside with Stuffed Sheep Animal

Take Sheep

This is a cute game for the family border collie – one who was bred to herd sheep but will never really do so. Or course you don’t have to have a border collie to play this game!

Find an object, like a stuffed sheep toy, and have your dog take the sheep by holding it in your hand in front of your dog. If your dog already knows the command for “take” you can use it here. When your dog takes the sheep, praise him with praise, play, or treats. It may help to reward as soon as your dog moves toward, sniffs, or touches the toy. Then, reward only when he makes slow progress towards actually taking the toy. Once your dog knows to “take” the toy, replace “take” with “sheep” (or other appropriate word). Now you are teaching your dog some vocab! Make the game extra fun by hiding the sheep and having your dog find his sheep. Dogs are great at sniffing out their toys, especially if they’ve already slobbered over it!

Take a picture of your dog with his sheep.

 

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Activities: Indoor Play, Just For Fun

Human and dog tugging a rope tug toy outside.

Play Tug

This is a fun game that anyone can play. Dogs naturally know how to tug. Make sure you pick a tug toy that is long enough so that there is room for your dog to grab on one end and you to safely hold on the other end.

Remember that you should always be the one to initiate a game of tug. To initiate a game of tug, ask your dog to sit and then wave the toy in front of your dog while you ask him to “take” the toy. Then tug away! Practice having your dog “drop” and “take” the toy.

Teach your dog what acceptable play means. If your dog does not play well or bites you in any way, say “ow” to signal that you your dog is hurting you. End the game and initiate play only when your dog calms down and sits. It’s actually good to keep playtime short so your dog keeps wanting more! If your dog is aggressive or jumps up tell him “No” and end the game for awhile.

Submit a photo or video of your dog playing tug with you. Did it take him long to learn to play? What is his favorite tug toy?

 

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Activities: Game, Trick, Indoor Play, Tug

Do The Butt Shake

Butt Shake

Does your dog like to shake his booty? It’s a sign that he’s happy! And that they love you. Butt shakes also occur naturally in dogs that were born to dance. Cha cha cha.

Take the cutest video of your dog. Butt shake! Get your groove on.

 

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Activities: Just For Fun, Photo

Catch Your Dog Dreaming Something Happy

Dream Happy

Does your dog’s tail wag when he’s sleeping? Or does he bark? Hopefully he’s dreaming about something that makes him happy!

Take a video of your dog dreaming and share it with the Pawtivity community!

 

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Team Jump Rope

This is an advanced skill for your dog and something that should be taught over time, step by step, and with patience. Your dog should already know how to Jump and Jump Rope.

Grab each end of a jumprope and let the jumprope trail on the ground in front of you. Have your dog sit in front of the rope and ask him to jump. Your dog should jump in place. Once your dog is consistently jumping in place, jump up a few inches off the ground with your dog but keep the jumprope behind you and your dog. Make sure your dog is focused on you and not on the jumprope behind him.

Now you want to start introducing an overhead and bottom swing to your dog. More importantly, you need to get your dog comfortable and desensitized to these swings while keeping a focus on you and jumping.

Lets start with the bottom swing: Continue what you were doing before but swing the rope below your dog until it lands at your feet (don’t jump with your dog). Reward when your dog jumps over the rope. Once your dog is more comfortable with the bottom swing, start jumping with your dog.

On to the overhead swing: These swings usually take a longer time to master so patience is key – you can’t just expect your dog to get comfortable right away. Start by just making an overhead swing until it lands behind you and your dog. Reward and praise your dog if he does not move and is still focused on you.

It’s time to combine the overhead and bottom swings together! Continue to delay your motions and work gradually towards making continuous swings. Once you have a continuous swing and jump, try jumping faster and then work on adding multiple jumps in a row! It may help to practice jumping rope on your own to develop a good sense of when you and your dog need to jump. In addition to the command “jump” your dog will also start looking for certain gestures based on how you jump rope as cues for when to jump – make sure you time the jump and your gestures consistently. It will take some time to develop this.

We want to see a photo or video of your dog jumping rope! How long did it take to learn this? Any additional tips for others teaching their dog to jump rope?

 

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Activities: Games, Tricks, Indoor Play, Jump